In the new issue of Surface, Los Angeles-based interior designer Kelly Wearstler shares details of her latest high-profile interiors project: a chain of hotels by Proper Hospitality Group, partially owned by her husband, real estate developer, Brad Korzen. Proper Hotel Hollywood opens in the Spring, with locations in downtown Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Austin to follow.
On her design philosophy at large, Wearstler explains, – “It’s definitely modern, but there’s, like, a soul to it. Things have a hand, everything isn’t new and shiny.”
When it comes to what inspires her, travel is at the forefront. Wearstler cites a wonderful recent trip to Indonesia’s Komodo Island. Kelly also favors books, such as tomes on Aldo Rossi and Giacometti, over Instagram and other online inspiration, for the fresh ideas that they give her.
THE HOMOGENY OF SOCIAL MEDIA
My favorite Kelly quotation from the article is on the subject of how homogenous social media can be. “I feel like every architect or person that’s’ coming in that we interview for a job, they all have the same Pinterest. It’s crazy. It’s like these people have to open up books again. It’s turning into Pinterest land.”
Wearstler concludes the interview with a concession. “People can be inspired. There’s really no reason that somebody should have bad taste. With what’s online and on Pinterest, it shouldn’t happen.”
FIND THE FULL INTERVIEW IN SURFACE.